Monthly Archives: March 2018

Clare’s Springtime Update

Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the weather just cleared up after one more bit of rain this morning; my cat brought in another present in the form of a dead rat; and I finally took a two day break form work. Yes, unfortunately, I find myself working a lot more these days. You know, the regular, non-ship modeling kind of work.

It’s a funny twist of irony that I now am generating more income to buy new kits, tools, and supplies, but find myself with less time to do anything with them. But, I’m sure most readers here are already experiencing this.

The latest delivery from Zootoyz. This is a great source for Woody Joe kits. Unfortunately, I can’t spend much time looking at it yet!

For me, I think I’m finally adjusting, as I managed to set aside time yesterday to get back to some project work that’s been sitting around for a while. I’ve got an HMS Victory to build, a clipper ship to rig and a couple smaller models to finish up, including Amati’s Swedish Gunboat, which I finally managed to get most of the lower deadeyes onto yesterday. This one is really close to completion, so I’ll probably push to get it done.

I’ll be working for Ages of Sail at the IPMS show in San Jose this coming Saturday, right next to a table for the South Bay Model Shipwrights club, so I’m wondering if I can wrap this up and maybe even enter it in the show. After all, the models don’t have to be plastic, and there’s nothing more motivating for getting a model done. So, more on this later.

But, it’s not I haven’t been doing anything the past couple months. I did manage to finish up two of my scratch built Japanese boats, so that they would be available for my Japanese traditional boat models display in Japantown, San Francisco. This display is in its final week, by the way.

My just-completed Japanese seaweed gathering boat, the Urayasu Bekabune.

Hozu river fishing boat completed a few months ago.

One of the models included is my 14th century Kamakura period large trade boat, which I did manage to make a little progress on. Specifically adding the drop-down panels and roll-up blinds last month.

Newly added “fold-down” panels on the Kamakura period trade boat.

Also, I’m working with Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights members on building Corel’s Flattie kit, which is generating some interesting discussion among the builders, some of whom aren’t accustomed to building European kits.

Paul Reck (left) and I, working on Corel’s Flattie kit.

With the Spring weather now, I’ve been straightening up the work spaces in the house and in the garage. So, maybe I can make some better progress again and, hopefully, post more here.

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Japanese Boat Models Display 7.0

My latest Japanese boat models display is taking place again, now through the end of March, in San Francisco’s Japantown. Please stop by and see it, if you get the opportunity.

Come to see the models, stay for some Japanese food and shopping, or vice-versa…

Wasen Mokei 和船模型

Just last week, on a rainy March 1st morning, I packed up my car with stands, posters, models, signs, and accessories, and drove 2 hours through traffic to set up the latest and largest Japanese boat models display yet. 7 models in all are on display in the window of the Union Bank community room in the Japan Center Mall from now through the end of March.

This year, Woody Joe’s Hacchoro, Higaki Kaisen, and Yakatabune are prominently featured, along with Thermal Studios’ Tosa Wasen, and my scratch built Hozugawa Ayubune, Urayasu Bekabune and Kamakura period Umibune.

Just over half of these models are based on kits, mostly from Woody Joe. And, if your interested in building one of these wonderful kits, of course, I always recommend Zootoyz.jp as your source for Woody Joe, and other kits. Here is some information on the models in this display – click…

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